SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Project-75I tender for procurement of six stealth conventional attack submarines for the Indian Navy from a foreign country might be in turmoil due to stringent ToT and Liability clause but that has not stopped India from accelerating its plans to have its indigenously designed and developed 12 conventional attack submarine for its Navy.
State-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), the only shipyard in the country that has manufactured 8 submarines locally has been made in charge of developing most of the technologies that go into conventional attack submarines. MDL is tasked to develop most of the technologies that will help improve indigenization levels in Project-75I but also Project-76 program under which Indian plans to develop 12 next-gen conventional attack submarines locally.
From Indigenous lithium-ion battery packs to diesel generators from Pump-jet propulsors to radio and navigation systems, Defence Ministry has started the process of developing most of these niche submarine technologies that it plans to have ready by 2026 so that kneel for the Project-76 program can be laid before the turn of this decade.
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